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Andrew Morton is an attorney who made it out of the slums. Nick Romano is his client, a young man with a long string of crimes behind him. After he lost his paycheck gambling, hoping to buy his wife some jewelry, she announced she was pregnant, Later he finds her dead from suicide. When he turns again to robbery he's caught by a cop and Nick pumps all his bullets into him in frustration. Morton's appeal to the court emphasizes the evils of the slums. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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This was the first film made by Humphrey Bogart's independent production company, Santana. He chose Nicholas Ray to direct because he had greatly admired his directorial debut They Live by Night (1948). See more »

Goofs

In court, when Morton stands up for the first time, he puts both hands in his pockets. The next shot shows him with only his left hand in the pocket. See more »

Quotes

Andrew Morton: I could still teach you a few, kid. You're just a tin-horned thug and you always will be. You haven't got the guts to be anything else!
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"And introducing John Derek as Nick Romano" See more »

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Referenced in The Monkees: Your Friendly Neighborhood Kidnappers (1966) See more »

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A pretentious attempt to glorify a young hoodlum...

Bogart plays a forceful attorney who spends almost the entire film trying to convince the jury and the audience that Derek is an innocent victim of circumstantial evidence…

To prove his point, he takes the audience through a series of flashbacks into the dirty squalor and deprivation that brought about the killing in question…

The film is a patently phony attempt at social commentary which simply didn't come off… A sequel, "Let No Man Write My Epitaph," was made in 1960…

One line of dialog from "Knock On Any Door," used as Derek's motto, was often quoted by young people in the fifties: "Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse."


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